Its the largest species of snail in American waters, lovingly referred to as a Florida Horse Conch, Triplofusus giganteus is a marine mollusk whose enormous size and orange body make it highly distinguishable on the ocean floor.
Florida Horse Conch Facts:
The Florida horse conch is the largest snail to be found in the American waters, sometimes reaching a length of two feet. It has ten whorls, and its shoulders bear large, low nodules. The operculum is a leathery brown color, the aperture is orange, and the animal itself is brick red in color.
The Florida horse conch lives among the sand and weeds in the shallow marine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Florida horse conchs are used as food and are said to taste “peppery.”
Florida designated the horse conch (Pleuroploca gigantea) as the official state shell in 1969. Also known as the giant band shell, the horse conch shell can grow to a length of twenty-four inches and is native to the marine waters around Florida. The word “conch” comes from a Greek word meaning “shell.”
CRAB Vs. CONCH
The 11-pound horse conch might seem invincible against most threats. But the tables are turned a bit when hermit crabs stage an invasion of the dinner-snatchers as you will see in the video below.
Florida Horse Conch: Is This The Largest Snail On Earth?